* Passengers Disembark Costa Allegra
As expected, Costa Allegra arrived in Victoria harbor today about noon local time (midnight EST), and within about two hours all the passengers had disembarked.
Costa said about 70% of the 627 passengers had taken them up on their offer to continue their vacation for up to two weeks at a quality resort in the Seychelles at Costa's expense. The rest went to hotels to spend the day (to take hot showers and get hot meals, no doubt), and tonight they are on their ways home.
The big question, which had been discussed with passengers, but not made public, was what sort of compensation was Costa giving passengers for their three days of discomfort and disrupted vacations. In light of the public relations nightmare this incident was causing on top of the Costa Concordia accident, there's been lots of interest in what Costa was going to do to make this right with customers. Today that question was answered. More
* Game or No Game
If the cruise industry were a TV game show, Norwegian Cruise Line would be the winner because they got to the finish line before their competitor, Carnival.
But it's not a game show. There's just a race to bring game shows aboard the ships.
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